Utilization of patterns of wake words to perform device actions for voice activated electronic devices are described. Device actions, e.g., device reset, are encoded by utilizing a sequence of wake words with a specified timing gap between successive occurrences of the wake word. The sequence is processed at the device and decoded based on a match with predetermined sequence(s) of timings of the gaps. Based on the pattern of wake words detected at the device, actions are automatically performed. The encoded message can optionally include a device identifier. The sequence of wake words can be provided as input using a smartphone or other audio playback device. In some settings, where multiple devices are to be remediated, the sequence of wake words can be played back using a public address system, a loudspeaker, or other in-room device.

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